The average cost of jailing the three murderous Dundon brothers and other dangerous criminals at the State's only high security prison shot up last year.
The Irish Prison Service (IPS) confirmed that it is costing the taxpayer €1,818 per week to jail each prisoner at Portlaoise prison - up from the €1,675 per prisoner cost in 2012.
As a result, the combined costs of jailing convicted murderers, John, Wayne and Dessie Dundon has hit €5,456 or €283,725 a year.
Jihadis capture military airport
Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in north eastern Syria yesterday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province dominated by the extremist group, activists and state media said.
The jihadis launched their long-anticipated offensive last week to seize the sprawling Tabqa air field, 45km from the extremists' stronghold in the city of Raqqa. The air base was one of the most significant government military facilities in the area, containing several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition.
Obama aides attend funeral
US president Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of Michael Brown, the black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Tensions briefly flared and then subsided over the weekend as nightly protests continued two weeks after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
Shtick wins top comedy prize
An absurdist stand-up act has been named the best comedy show of the Edinburgh Fringe - just a year after being named best newcomer.
John Kearns scooped the £10,000 prize at the 34th Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his show Shtick, from a shortlist that included an unprecedented three newcomers from the previous year. Kearns beat fellow 2013 newcomers Liam Williams and Romesh Ranganathan at the awards.